The most common question we get is: “What kind of hardware do you run?”. I want to address that here.
The answer is that it varies. There are a lot of factors with hosting game servers. Some are multi-threaded and some are not. For example if I purchased a system with four dual core pentium 4s, no one core would be enough to run any 500FPS server with more than a few slots. That would suck.
Also, hardware evolves. There are some triple core systems that outperform quad cores which also leaves us room to put bigger servers on a core. The whole core system of measurement is really worth nothing.
Furthermore, I could also be buying 64bit quad core i7 boxes with 32 gigs of ram but then putting 700 servers on the system, causing it to swap and run like crap. Maximum server power really means nothing either, you see.
With all that said, we purchase 32bit systems (more mods run on 32bit) with 4gigs of ram. We purchase multi-core processors that are no more than a year old at the date of purchase. We tend to go AMD because they bench higher for less money. The optimized srcds binary also seems to run a tad better, too. We don’t run our servers above 50% utilization to be sure that even in peak times, nobody lags anywhere. FWIW I run intel at home for 3D gaming.
As for backbone, on the site it shows we run a 100.00% network SLA at our coloctation facility which has redundant 50Gbit uplinks. As for FPS settings and tick rates, we run a 66 tick rate standard, which is double the default and we run a minimum of 350 FPS which is also more than any other game server host I’ve ever seen online.
Now you know… stop asking!